Ignition Interloc Devices and DUI in Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Oct 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

An ignition interlock device is a piece of equipment which is used to determine whether alcohol may be present in someone's system when they start or while driving a car.  Having an interlock device in your car requires that you blow into the instrument before starting the vehicle and then periodically while driving.  If alcohol is detected, the car won't initially start and a violation will be reported to the motor vehicle division and the interlock company.  In addition to alcohol, many household items such as mouthwash can result in a positive interlock result. A violation could cause the interlock period to be extended or lead to additional jail time, suspension of your drivers license, etc.

There are a number of companies authorized by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to install ignition interlock devices. Costs include an initial installation fee and a monthly fee following each calibration or maintenance procedure performed on the machine.   

Perhaps the most troubling consequence for many people convicted of DUI in Arizona is the requirement to place a certified ignition interlock device in your vehicle.  For people convicted of a "regular" DUI or DUI above .08, an interlock is required for one year.  However, if you are convicted of an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI, the interlock is required for eighteen months.  In either scenario, the time period for this breathalyzer device may be reduced upon application to the motor vehicle division and showing that there have been no positive alcohol tests when asked to blow into the instrument. If you have had your license suspended for one year after refusing to take a blood or breath test following an arrest for DUI, an ignition interlock may be required as well.  In this case, you can reduce the suspension to three months by applying for a restricted license or "work permit."  In order to qualify, you must place an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for the remaining nine months of the suspension period.

In some circumstances a person can use the ignition interlock device to their advantage.  Specifically, in cases involving an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI charge in Arizona, the interlock device can be used to significantly reduce any jail time which might be served.  Courts will require you to place the device on your vehicle for at least one year in exchange for suspending or eliminating a number of days in jail.  To do this, you must attend review hearings throughout the year at the court in which you were prosecuted and show the judge that the interlock device is on your car and there have been no violations.

If you, a family member or loved one has been charged with DUI or any other criminal offense in Arizona you are well advised to immediately contact an experienced DUI or criminal defense lawyer who regularly represents people charged with these types of offenses.  Attorney Raymond Kimble has represented people charged with DUI and other crimes in  Tempe, Mesa, Chandler Phoenix, Scottsdale and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties during the last twenty years and has achieved tremendous results for his clients.

 Ray Kimble can be reached directly for a free consultation at (480) 833-8613 or by visiting his website  

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About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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